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October 16, 2012

The 3 Reasons Great Companies Stop Growing-And The Solution

Why do great companies stop growing? Is it a sales or product issue? Does a key market dematerialize? Nope. It’s much simpler than that. Business leaders […]
September 13, 2012

Why Resisting Change Isn’t A Bad Thing: The Social Change Adoption Path

Company Z, a financial services firm with nearly $100 million in annual revenue, was changing their business model. It was a big change—they were dumping one […]
August 21, 2012

Cash Out or Hold Out: Is It Time To Sell Your Company?

Are you slaving away, building a business with no plan or process or path to one day cash out? If so, I think I know why: […]
August 13, 2012

Sink or Swim: A New Leader’s Guide To the First 90 Days

There are about 350 new CEOs at the world’s largest public companies right now, with 102 new CEOs in North America alone. And Booz’s data shows […]
August 1, 2012

Innovate Or Become Irrelevant: 4 Ways to Use Social Enterprising to Drive Innovation

“Social enterprising and engineering give us the ability to innovate using many minds instantly, as opposed to using a few highly versed experts with unavoidable biases […]
June 26, 2012

If You Aren’t Social, You’ll Shrink: 10 Steps To Becoming a Social Business

As one of the fastest growing networking companies in high tech, Enterasys has produced 3 years of consecutive top-line year-over-year revenue growth, and a net promoter […]
June 11, 2012

Are There Ninjas in YOUR Boardroom? How To Prevent Being Blindsided

A ninja (忍者?) or shinobi (忍び?) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan who specialized in unorthodox warfare. –Source: Wikipedia Former HP CEO Leo Apotheker was ousted after 11 months in his role. […]
May 28, 2012

Secrets of Silicon Valley’s Coolest Cultures: How To Get And Keep Top Talent

What makes a company culture vibrant, high performing, sticky? 4 young CEOs know… and in 5 minutes you will too. Read on. You Don’t Need An MBA, […]
May 1, 2012

Network Better Than Bill Clinton: 6 Ways To Build Bonds Faster

Do you like networking? Me neither. I often want to run screaming from cocktail parties. Yet I do like people–they are endlessly fascinating. And this, my […]
April 25, 2012

Got Inner Peace? 5 Ways To Get It NOW

When we stop our thoughts, we stop the world. When we stop the world we experience peace and mental clarity. According to the research of Dr. Fred […]
April 23, 2012

The 4 Crucial Mistakes Companies Make During Downturns

Now that we’re starting to see signs of economic recovery, it’s key to assess where we’ve been, the mistakes we’ve made, and how to course-correct for […]
April 19, 2012

Double Your Sales And Trump Your Competitors In 3 Easy Steps

Why do so many businesses struggle with ramping up sales? It’s because they’re pitching, not educating. Seems obvious, right? Wrong. Comparing notes with one of my […]
April 16, 2012

Why We Self-Sabotage–Are You Doing It Too?

George wants to double his company’s revenue this year. He’s been stating this goal for the past 3 years and still hasn’t achieved it. Why? Because […]
April 13, 2012

Hold Your Team Accountable: Here’s How

What keeps you up at night? If you’re like 98% of the CEOs I work with your answer will be accountability: how to get it and […]
April 10, 2012

4 Steps to Fast, Effective Meetings

How is your company’s communication? Is it tight and efficient and aimed at driving results or increasing connection? Or do team members talk a lot without […]
February 25, 2012

MF Global, BP: The Low Accountability Epidemic And How To Avoid It

Image Credit: Justgq.com Somehow over the past few years it became OK to make promises and not keep them. The excuses? We’re too busy or we […]
February 15, 2012

How To See Into Your Biggest Blind Spot

Suzanne was a human resources manager at an east coast consumer packaged goods company. Why was she always exhausted? Let’s find out. We had Suzanne start […]
January 16, 2012

Get Powerful People to Boost Your Business: 6 Steps to A Stellar Advisory Board

An internet infrastructure company couldn’t crack the Fortune 1000. So they brought a former CIO of Cisco onto their advisory board. Within 6 months their software […]
January 10, 2012

Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters, Stephen Hawking: What Handshakes of the Rich and Famous Say

Have you ever noticed that handshakes speak their own secret language? If you pay attention you’ll hear them whisper, yell, fret, or fawn. And handshakes of […]
December 25, 2011

Be Someone Warren Buffett Would Invest In

Warren Buffett doesn’t normally invest in technology stocks. So why did he recently buy over $10 billion of IBM? Over the course of nine months Warren […]
December 17, 2011

B’Bye Blame! How To Cure Your Culture NOW

"This place is killing me,” the CEO said to me. “I need 35%+ growth this year and my executives are expert finger pointers.” He had a Crushed Culture.
December 11, 2011

How Change Fails: CEOs Focus On Symptoms NOT The System

Want someone to change? Want them to change faster? Then have your company follow the same model used for effective personal change. The result will be […]
December 4, 2011

Why Your Team Doesn’t Care: The 4 Ways You’re Crushing Your Culture

Are your team members highly accountable? Do they have a “Thank God It’s Monday” attitude? Do they take tons of initiative? If not, you’ve likely got […]
November 19, 2011

I Stalked Steve Jobs (And How To Get A Meeting With ANY VIP)

Originally posted on Forbes.com I was a young CEO and I needed answers. Steve Jobs had them. There was only one thing to do. So I […]
November 8, 2011

Why We Do What We Do

Today let’s have a mini-primer on human behavior. Human beings are fascinating in that we delete, distort, and generalize our world every day. We delete what […]
April 20, 2011

The Power of Positioning

Challenge: Many emerging growth companies struggle with the positioning of their firms, and the communication of what they stand for. Without properly communicating your position, the […]
April 12, 2011

Corporate Culture: Change Your Culture, Change Your Results

A company culture is like metal… we heat it up with coaching and training and it becomes pliable. We help the CEO set it in a […]
April 6, 2011

Influence: A Core Pillar of Leadership

Influence is a core pillar of leadership. A leader has to be influential – which to us means: be able to change the hearts and minds […]
March 30, 2011

Accountability Begins at the Top

How effective leadership is key in establishing accountability The last two posts discussed the importance of defining Needle Movers and breaking Needle Movers down into specific […]
March 22, 2011

Defining Your Needle Movers-Part Two

Once you have defined your Needle Movers, you have to take them further by outlining how you will exactly achieve them.  Otherwise, you may have just […]